Harry Appelman

"Freehand" (2016)

Recorded between Feb. 2015 and Jan. 2016. Featuring Ben Street and Jeff Reed, bass; Tony Martucci and Eric Kennedy on drums, Russell Kirk on alto sax, and Humayun Khan, vocals and harmonium.

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 Harry Appelman Trio
"Balancing" (1995)
1995 piano trio recording, featuring bassist Ben Street and drummer Kenny Wollesen. Also features James King on bass and the late Mike Smith on drums.

"It's a rare pleasure to hear such an outstanding debut recording -- full of first-class ideas, quiet virtuosity and subtle surprises. Bravo!" -- Fred Hersch

"the debut of a strong jazz pianist.... shows firm command of the contemporary piano idiom."                  -- David DuPont, Cadence magazine

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"Acceptance" (2011)

Victor Dvoskin - Acoustic Bass, Harry Appelman - Piano, Eric Kennedy & Dominic Smith - Drums

This lyrical and interactive trio session features several originals, as well as imaginative arrangements of compositions by Cole Porter, Billy Strayhorn and Alexander Scriabin ("For Alexander" is an improvisation based on a Scriabin prelude), among others.

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 Duende Quartet (2008)
The Duende Quartet is devoted to playing Latin Jazz in the style of Mongo Santamaria, Cal Tjader and Willie Bobo with a nod to the Blue Note sound of the’60’s. In a unique small group setting (with piano, bass and two hand percussionists) Duende Quartet captures the vibe of the jazz combo while using the rhythms of a Cuban conjunto. The Duende Quartet, composed of pianist/keyboardist Harry Appelman, bassist Josh Schwartzman, and percussionists Mark Merella and Sam "Seguito" Turner, has been chosen twice by Jazz at Lincoln Center to tour internationally under the auspices of the U.S. Department of State’s American Music Abroad program. Duende played concerts and led workshops in India, Bangladesh, the Philippines and Taiwan in March 2009, and in Turkey, Albania, Cyprus and Bosnia in February 2007.

  • Mrs. Robinson
    My arrangement of Simon and Garfunkel's Mrs. Robinson

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"The Duende Quartet specializes in small-combo arrangements for piano, bass and percussion that are intimate, interwoven and, thanks to unexpected shifts in meter, delightfully inventive. "-- Mike Joyce, Washington Post

"... a satisfying set with pleasurable discoveries throughout. "
-- David Kane, Cadence magazine

 Afro Bop Alliance

"Angel Eyes"  Featuring Paquito d'Rivera (Zoho, 2014)

"Pianist Harry Appelman offers several strong, rhythmic solos throughout the album, and working in concert with Baldwin, McCarthy and Quintero he sets up hypnotic montuno grooves."

-- Owen Cordle, Jazz Times

"Una Mas"  Featuring Dave Samuels (OA2, 2011)

Caribbean Jazz Project/Afro-Bop Alliance, Featuring Dave Samuels (Heads Up International, 2008)
2008 Latin Grammy Award winner for Best Latin Jazz Album.

"Camino Nuevo" (2006)

  • Bye-Ya
    My arrangement of Monk's Bye-Ya

"Encarnacion" (2004)

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"First Time" (1995)
One of Washington DC's most unique straight ahead jazz groups. Members have worked with the top names in Jazz.

Ari Ambrose - Tenor Sax, Harry Appelman - Piano, David Ephross - Bass, Alex Norris - Trumpet, Tom Williams - Drums

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